Singing Happy Songs?

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“As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre,

so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.”  Proverbs 25:20


The reason must be engaged before the mouth is opened.  The wise man tells us that singing

songs to a person who has a heavy heart is comparable to taking away a warm coat from a

person on a cold day. It is bad to be caught in a snowstorm, but it will be made worse to

have your covering taken away.  The situation is just made worse.  An unstable situation

is created when acid is added to soda; in the same way, wrong words can make a matter

much worse.


Words must fit the situation.  There are people who are masters of aphorism and moralisms,

who always have something to say, whether or not it fits the situation.  There are times to sing,

and there are times to weep.  Christians are supposed to know the difference.  We are to weep

with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice  (Rom. 12:15)


It takes reason and wisdom to fit the words to the situation.  This is what Paul meant by telling

Timothy, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15  Even the words of Scripture need to be fitted

to the occasion.  There are wonderful songs in Scripture, but even these might not be good to sing

to those of a heavy heart. Words are powerful things.  Without wisdom, they may fall like acid

upon soda. 


The tongue may be set on fire of hell, and kindle a very great matter (James 3:5).  Or the tongue may

speak wisely and words may come forth as cool water from a well of life (Proverbs 10:11).  The

difference is the discrimination of reason and grace.  “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in

pictures of silver.”   --Proverbs 25:11


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